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”HEALTHALICIOUS” COOKING: Free cooking classes for kids and adults are offered by the OSU Sherman County extension Monday, July 8, through Friday, July 12, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Wasco Parish Hall, and Monday, July 15, through Friday, July 19, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Moro Extension Office.

Learn about health and nutrition, have fun cooking, eat lunch prepared in class each day.

Limit 10 participants per location. Register by calling the Extension office at 541-565-3230.

HOST NEEDED: The Dalles AFS has identified host families for three exchange students arriving in August. The Dalles Wahtonka High School can accept one more AFS student, if another local host family can be found.

Help build bridges of intercultural understanding by sharing a home and daily life. More information is available at 1-800-AFS-INFO or The local contact is Rymmel Lovell, 541-296-6546,, Subject: AFS.

SPORTS PHYSICALS: Skyline Hospital Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine department in White Salmon will offer free sports screenings for children planning to play a school sport this year.

Screenings will be Thursday, Aug. 1, from 6 to 8 p.m.

For more information, call Skyline Hospital Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine at 509-493-5119.

FOOD DRIVE: During July, in exchange for a minimum donation of 10 food items, Cascade Acupuncture Center will offer free happy hour acupuncture treatments. Donations will benefit the Mid-Columbia food facility and Skamania County-Stevenson Food Bank.

Call to schedule an appoint in The Dalles at 541-298-2378, Hood River at 541-387-4325, or Stevenson at 509-637-3163.

July 4

INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATION: Rufus hosts its annual Independence Day celebration starting at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, July 4, with a parade to the Community Center, where a quilt show, art show and car show are planned. Live music will be provided by the Oregon Valley Boys. Food, games, a safety fair and vendors are also planned.

JULY PARADE: Mill A, Washington will hold its annual 4th of July Parade and Old Fashioned Fireman’s Picnic on Thursday, July 4 beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Assembly and registration begins at 9 a.m. at the south intersection of Jessup Road and Cook-Underwood Road in Mill A, Wash. All children under age 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, and helmets must be worn for all bicycle entrants under the age of 18. Drivers registering vehicles must demonstrate current liability insurance. The parade itself begins at 10:30 a.m.

Following the parade, the Mill A Volunteers will hold their Old Fashioned Fireman’s Picnic. For more information, please contact Johanna Roe at 509-538-2643.

July 6

HISTORY PROGRAMS: The Summer History Programs at the Rorick House continue for the months of July and August. The Rorick House is at 300 W. 13th Street in The Dalles. It is open for visitors from noon to 4 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday during July and August.

Programs begin at 1:30 p.m. and include: July 6, Jerry Tanquist: the Railroad Race on the Deschutes. July 20, Fort Dalles Days: with an Open House and wagon rides between the Fort Dalles Museum and the Rorick House. Aug. 3, John Lundell: One Room Schools in Wasco County.

POOL CLOSURE: The Hood River Aquatic Center will be closed on Thursday, July 4. The Aquatic Center will reopen for normal hours on Friday, July 5.

July 9

LEADERSHIP SEMINARS: Beginning in April, Columbia Gorge Community College will offer a series of leadership seminars. Participants may choose the entire nine-month series or take individual seminars. Class dates are July 9, August 13, Sept. 10, Oct. 8, Nov. 12, and Dec. 10.

All classes will be at the Hood River Indian Creek Campus, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The cost is $659 for the series or $89 per seminar. Pre-registration is required by calling the college at 541-506-6011or online at

July 12

MARYHILL TALK: Maryhill Museum of Art officials will speak Friday, July 12, at 10:30 a.m., at a history program at Flagstone Senior Living, 3325 Columbia View Drive.

Join Carrie Clark-Peck, curator of education, and Colleen Schafroth, executive director, to learn about Maryhill. With objects and pictures, they will explore the museum’s history, programs and exhibits. Refreshments will be served.

July 13

CHRISTIAN SINGER: Pasquale Talarico, a Christian Worship Singer, performs Saturday, July 13, at 7 p.m. at St Peter’s Parish Center in The Dalles. A free-will offering will be accepted.

July 14

SUNDAY RIDES: Monthly social bike rides are planned through September. The rides are every second Sunday, July 14, Aug. 11 and Sept. 8, starting at 7 p.m. at The Dalles City Park. The rides are described as a “flat, slow, fun and easy” half-hour loop.

July 15

BOARD MEMBERS: Wasco Board of County Commissioners is seeking a representative member from Wasco County to serve as their representative on Tri-county Hazardous Waste Steering Committee Establishes procedures, Reviews and Approves, Proposed Contracts, Annual Program Budget, Decisions regarding pre-registration requirements, scheduling of events and locations of satellite collection events, User Fees, Coordinates promotional activities. Applications are available at: Wasco County Court House Administrative Services 511 Washington Street, Suite 101 The Dalles, OR 97058 or may be obtained at online at

Please return your application no later than Monday, July 15, 2013.

August 8

FULL-YEAR SCHOLARSHIP: The 2013-14 Columbia Gorge Community College full-year foundation scholarship application is now available. Any Mid-Columbia resident may apply. Recipients may be awarded up to 12 credits per term, which can only be used at Columbia Gorge Community College. Applications can be picked up in the Student Services department at The Dalles or Hood River campus, as well as online at http://cgcc. us/financial-aid/scholarships.

Applications must be hand-delivered to either The Dalles or Hood River Student Services no later than noon, Thursday, Aug. 8.

For more information, email Stephanie Gale-McKnight at, call 541-506-6021,

September 6

HUCKLEBERRY FESTIVAL: The 51st Huckleberry Festival will be held Sept. 6, at 5 pm. through Sept. 8. Bingen, WA. Contact Marsha Holliston at 509-493-2961.


DAM TOURS: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will offer tours of The Dalles Dam this summer, every Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Tours will end the last weekend of September.

Pre-registering for tours is strongly recommended, as space is limited. Details: The Dalles Dam Visitor Center at 541-296-9778 or The Dalles Dam Ranger Office at 541-506-7857, and

To reach The Dalles Dam Visitor Center, from Interstate 84, take Exit 87 and go east on Brett Clodfelter Way, located at the junction of U.S. Highway 197 and I-84.

FARMERS MARKET: The Dalles Farmers Market is now open every Saturday through Oct. 13 and will launch its Wednesday evening market starting June 12 from 4 to 7 p.m.

In addition to the Farmers Market vendors, several musicians have been booked to participate. The market is also adding a limited number of local artisan booths this year.

Items typically available at the market include salad greens, fresh flowers, farm-fresh eggs, locally produced USDA meats, fresh vegetables and fruits, locally produced honey, jams, jellies and other processed items produced in approved commercial kitchens or under Oregon Department of Agriculture rules.

For more information, call Jeff Phipps, market manager, 541-993-9974.

SUMMER HOURS: The Wasco County Historical Society announces the opening of the Rorick House for the summer season. The House will be open Saturdays and Sundays during June, July and August, beginning June, 1. The Rorick House, at 300 W. 13th St. in The Dalles, was the home of Eck and May Rorick for 50 years.

The Historical Society will again sponsor a series of summer history programs:

June 22- Caroline Wood will tell about the restoration and preservation of the Historic Columbia River Highway.

July 6- Jerry Tanquist will talk about the Railroad race along the Deschutes River.

July 20- John Lundell’s history of One Room Schools in this area.

HOLIDAY BAZAAR: St. Peter’s Holiday Bazaar is now taking reservations for table rentals for their bazaar on Nov. 23. Rentals are $30. Call Georgia at 541-296-2941 for more information.

ZUMBA PROGRAM: Northern Wasco County Parks and Recreation along with Licensed Zumba Instructor’s Marsha Morrison and Brenda Green are offering Zumba to the community at the Muscle and Fitness Center, 915 Garrison St., Mondays at 9 a.m., Tuesdays 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., and Thursdays 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Drop-in fee is $5. A punch card is available.

Contact the Parks District at 414 Washington St. Suite 1D, The Dalles, 541-296-9533, or email for more information.

SOIL TESTING: OSU Wasco County Master Gardeners now offer soil testing every week through October 2013. Garden soil will be tested for nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium, pH, humus, and texture.

The cost is $25 for each sample tested. For information on how to collect a sample, contact the OSU Wasco County Extension Service at 541-296-5494, or find out online at This service is available to home gardeners only.

GENEALOGY MEETS: The Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society meets the second Saturday of each month at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center. The public and guests are welcome. A no-host lunch starts at noon in the Basalt Cafe.

For more information, call Sandra Bisset at 541-298-1240 or email Get a membership application or more information online at Blog: The society is also on Facebook.

RELAY DATES: The year-long annual fundraiser to fight cancer, Relay for Life The Dalles area, has been set for Saturday, June 22, and Sunday, June 23, as the dates for their signature main event for 2013, Sid White Field at The Dalles Wahtonka High School West Campus, 3601 West 10th St.

Volunteers are needed this year. Contact Don Wimberly 541-296-1007 or for more information.

SUPPORT GROUP: Reach support group meetings are on the last Monday of the month, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Spooky’s Pizza Parlor. Contact Lori Carter 541-980-9464 or


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